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Youths role vital in election

Dawn Gibson
Monday, June 16, 2014

EVERY registered voter must make the effort to cast their votes for the person they want in parliament in order for change to come about.

This was one of the discussion points highlighted over the weekend by Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry, who was addressing a youth workshop at the Fiji Nursing Association hall in Suva.

Chaudhry, in an interview, explained that youth participation during the election process was paramount.

"The voting age has been reduced to 18 years and youths constitute a significant percentage of our population and they can really make the change that is necessary," Chaudhry said.

"They have it within their power to bring about changes and I think they should do that — they need to play an active role in elections and in the government selection."

Chaudhry said because there were a number of differences between this year's and previous election, it was important for youths and every registered person to cast their vote.

"The fundamental difference this time is that this election is not being held in a democratic environment, there are too many restrictions, the whole system has been changed, things have been made difficult — the system has been made complicated — elections should be simple for people to easily understand it and cast their vote," he claimed.

"This is the environment in which we're going to have the election and this is why it's so important for every registered voter to make the effort to come by themselves and vote if they want to see the changes that they wish to see in this country."

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